Dorchester Hotel London, Mayfair Building, Photos, Architecture, Architect
Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane
Park Lane Building: Historic Mayfair Architecture, London – by Owen Williams architect
5 Sep 2009
Location: Park Lane, West End
Design: Owen Williams, Architect
Address: 53 Park Lane, London W1K 1QA
Phone:020 7629 8888
Hotel class: 5 stars
The Dorchester is a five-star luxury hotel on Park Lane and Deanery Street, London, to the east of Hyde Park. It is one of the world’s most prestigious and expensive hotels.The Dorchester opened in 1931, and still retains its 1930s furnishings and ambiance despite being modernised.
Throughout its history the hotel has been closely associated with the rich and famous. During the Second World War, the strength of its construction gave the hotel the reputation of being one of London’s safest buildings, and a host of political and military luminaries chose it as their London residence. The hotel became a Grade II Listed Building in 1981, and was subsequently purchased by the Sultan of Brunei in 1985. It belongs to the Dorchester Collection, which in turn is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA), an arm of the Ministry of Finance of Brunei.
The Dorchester Hotel has 250 rooms and 49 suites. In the 1950s, theatrical designer Oliver Messel made a number of notable changes to the interior of the hotel, incorporating aspects of theatrical design into the hotel interior. He designed the lavish apartments on the 7th and 8th floors; the Oliver Messel Suite is named after him, designed in the Georgian country house style. Between 1988 and 1990, the hotel was completely renovated by Bob Lush of the Richmond Design Group at a cost of US $100m.
The Dorchester has five restaurants: The Grill, Alain Ducasse, The Spatisserie, The Promenader, and China Tang. Alain Ducasse’s restaurant is one of the UK’s four 3-Michelin-starred restaurants. Afternoon tea, a tradition which has taken place at the hotel since its opening in 1931, is served every day of the week at five in the afternoon in The Promenader and the Spatisserie.
Dorchester Hotel architect : Owen Williams
Location:Dorchester Hotel, London, UK